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I've been reading and enjoying the site immensely.

What is the Endgame Tablebase? I see it referenced frequently. TIA

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Endgame tablebases are essentially databases containing known endgame positions that have been “solved”, so to speak. That is, every position in an endgame tablebase will have a corresponding result which will either be a win for white, a win for black, or a draw (assuming perfect play). They are used by chess engines because it is much more efficient for the computer to look up an endgame position in a database to get the result of the endgame rather than exhausting all the possible variations to determine the result.

  • Are there any sites you could recommend? TIA – paul delasaux Jan 23 '15 at 15:46
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    @pauldelasaux I don't know of any sites but I do know that Stockfish comes with one (that's how it evaluates many simple endgames). If you don't have an engine on your computer yet then I highly recommend getting Stockfish because it is excellent (and free!). – sardoj Jan 24 '15 at 1:04

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